The notorious bandits that kidnapped Greenfield University students in Kaduna State have confirmed that they have so far received N55 million from the families of the abducted students.
However, the kidnappers claimed they have already spent the money on “feeding of the students and other logistics.”
On April 20, 2021, the students and three workers of the university were abducted from the school campus along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on April 20, while five of the students have so far been killed.
Meanwhile, the bandits through their leader who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo, had issued a threat on Monday, in an interview with the Hausa Service of Voice of America, saying that if the Kaduna State Government or their families failed to pay a ransom of N100 million as well as provide them with 10 brand new Honda motorcycles by Tuesday, the remaining students would be killed.
Jalingo said there were 17 students in his custody, comprising 15 females and two males.
According to him, among them is a grandchild of the late 18th Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, whom he identified as Hamza.
He vowed that this was his final warning and should the government or the students’ families fail to meet his demands, all the students would be killed.
“You are speaking with the abductors of Greenfield students. We heard the utterances of the Kaduna State Governor that he will not pay ransom to bandits to purchase additional arms,” he said.
When asked if he sees himself as a terrorist, Jalingo laughed and said: “I’m nothing but a food seeker.”
Emphasising on his threat, the bandit said, “If they fail to bring N100 million and 10 brand new Honda motorcycles known as Boko Haram by Tuesday, I can assure you they will use trucks to evacuate the bodies of the remaining students.”
He warned security agencies not to waste their time planting trackers on the motorcycles, saying his members do not go to cities and therefore arresting them will be difficult.
It remains to be seen if something would be done in response to the threat or not and if he’ll actually carry out his threat. But going by the fact that he has already killed five of the students without batting an eyelid, many are of the belief that he will definitely do that.